1. A Flexible Yet High-Tech Sole Above All
It is essential when learning to walk that the foot can feel the ground surface and build up a frame of reference from which to develop a sense of balance. To do this, while ensuring comfort, it is better to favour a more flexible and thin sole.
For good grip, it is advisable to choose a lugged sole, preferably rubber, which will offer safety and a guarantee on paths and soil.
Do not choose footwear with a midfoot arch: indeed, the latter will gradually take shape as the foot muscles strengthen when walking; no need to artificially support it.
2. Comfortable Shoes
A good walking shoe must offer enough space in the toes.
As with adults, we will favour shoes with a stone guard to protect the feet against stones and breathable materials such as leather, which will absorb perspiration and wick it away, therefore stopping feet from getting "soaked".
3. Good Foot Support
Walking stability will be ensured by the sole on either side of the upper (upper part of the shoe).
Favour high uppers, in other words going up the ankle and traditional lacing for unrivalled support. Rip-tab closure systems should preferably be reserved for everyday use.
These essential points can be completed by an additional question: that of whether the footwear should be waterproof or not.
Even if it is unlikely that you will go on a hike when it's raining, our babies love walking through puddles whenever possible! Most of the leathers used in hiking shoes are already treated in order to be water repellent, (i.e. it repels water) or they are even fitted with a waterproof-breathable membrane. However, in summer, we recommend open shoes for reasons of comfort and moisture elimination.